Work has begun on the Nuclear AMRC’s 8000 sq m facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire, with Leeds-based BAM Construction as lead contractor.
The landmark building secured planning permission in June. Permission has since been secured for a 850kW wind turbine which will help power the building, and for the AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre on the adjoining site.
When completed in late 2011, the Nuclear AMRC building will offer some 5200 sq m of workshop space, equipped to meet the R&D needs of the civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain, as well as laboratory, meeting and exhibition space.
Work is also progressing on the expanded laboratories at the Dalton Nuclear Institute in Manchester, which will offer manufacturing, testing and analytical facilities to complement the Yorkshire centre. The refitting of the Royce Laboratory in the University of Manchester’s Sackville Street building is underway, and work has begun in the nearby Material Science building to house the Nuclear AMRC’s material examination equipment.
The Nuclear AMRC is taking shape in other ways. Contracts are in place to supply our first major pieces of research equipment, to be housed in our interim workshop on the Advanced Manufacturing Park. Initial research projects have begun using the existing facilities at the AMRC and Dalton Nuclear Institute. Nuclear AMRC managers are working with our partners to decide details of our quality and skills programmes. We are in advanced membership discussions with more companies along the supply chain. And we are continuing to recruit talented engineers, researchers and business support staff.
Keep reading the newly expanded Nuclear AMRC website for the latest information.